Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2005
93 points Connoisseurs' Guide: This showy wine is decked out with lots of very sweet oak, yet its generous seasonings of caramel, cream and toast never get ahead of the very pure and concentrated, ripe raspberry- and cherry-like fruit that sits at its heart. Already impressive, but so deep and so very well structured that its best clearly lies a few years before it, this impressive young Pinot Noir can be set aside with absolute faith in its future and is our pick of the very good Goldeneye bunch.
Editorial Reviews for Goldeneye Pinot Noir
Smoky and dark on the nose with leather, sweet blackberry jam, beef jerky and deep cola notes. In the mouth this is extracted and oak driven with earthy and creosote tones dominating the palate and candied chocolate notes on the finish. Where's the fruit? 82pts
Aroma of blackberries and dark cherry complemented by spice. Early fruit taste, but dominated by a pleasing vanilla oak. Good acidity and tanins, full-bodied and well-balanced.
Wonderful fruit forward pinot noir from Anderson Valley. Fabulous with duck or mushrooms.
Strong and sweet aroma, a little bit floral, with medium tannins, cinnamon, candied apple, rusty metal, banana, and caramel
Rubber tire nose, palate of bright cherries and oak. A very smooth wine with a tart finish.
Very light and soft and silky wine. Raspberries and some soft earthiness. Nice gentle tannins on the finish. Good intensity for a pinot noir. Some intriguing lilac on the nose. Served with Manchego cheese with truffle oil
lots of oak on nose and palate. a bit spicy. slight astringency.
Had a smokey, spicy and vanilla nose with a touch of paint. Not much fruit, and not a great finish. bitter and not in a good way.
External Reviews for Goldeneye Pinot Noir
This well-balanced, medium-weight wine offers bright acidity and a long, satisfying finish. The aroma is rich and evocative of dark cherries, nutmeg, caramelized apple, cinnamon, and clove. On the palate, it is full of plum, spice, cherry, strawberry, and vanilla oak layers. Though delicate and understated, this wine’s compelling force of flavor, weight, and potent spice create a depth and density that cannot be missed. Drink until 2015.Varietal Content100% Pinot NoirHarvest InformationAppellation: Anderson ValleyHarvest Dates: September 12 – October 20, 2005Average Sugar at Harvest: 26.7 degrees Brix12 Vineyards HarvestedCooperage100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (228 liters)70% New Oak, 30% Second VintageMedium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests16 months in barrelTechnical DataAlcohol: 14.5%0.49 g/100 ml titratable aciditypH: 3.79
Wine Spectator ReviewRated 92Rich and distinctive, with complex, concentrated loamy earth, black cherry, wild berry, savory spice and fresh earth scents. The tannins are rich and mouthcoating, yet the fruit pours through. Drink now through 2011.Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 92Winemaker Zach Rasmuson did not produce a Narrows Vineyard bottling in 2005. Instead, those grapes went into the regular Goldeneye, to its great benefit. The wine is particularly rich and powerful in cherry pie filling, black raspberry, mocha, Dr. Pepper and smoky oak flavors, with a gorgeous, mouth-filling texture thats dramatic on the finish.Wine Tasting NotesThis well-balanced, medium-weight wine offers bright acidity and a long, satisfying finish. The aroma is rich and evocative of dark cherries, nutmeg, caramelized apple, cinnamon, and clove. On the palate, it is full of plum, spice, cherry, strawberry, and vanilla oak layers. Though delicate and understated, this wines compelling force of flavor, weight, and potent spice create a depth and density that cannot be missed. Drink until 2015.
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Dietary Information: Organic